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longer there. president obama stated we are not into your marks anymore. he and congress are cutting a lot of that off. jerry brown, every time i see him, it is like, what else are you going to cut? if he does not get his way, there is going to be even more hurt. we are no longer dependent upon those streams of revenue. we have to create our own. i only know one way. have a solid relationship with the businesses who want to grow, employee, helped make the city successful. that is how we are going to do it. where wanted do it on your own, but we are going to do it with your innovation. i want to invite you, on a number of levels, as part of this relationship, we have problems in our city to solve. i cannot solve them with just city government employees. i think the way we are starting to think, we will get you into helpless to some hack-a-thons,
think about how to get muni better operating. even the affordable housing debate we are having. come and help us think outside the box. maybe we can think of better solutions. i know you want the city to succeed. if it is successful, you will feel that much more committed to being part of the city. we invite you to be part of that. we do that through s.f. city. my chief innovation officer is here. we are one of the only cities in the country -- i hired a chief innovation officer right from the mayor's officer -- from the mayor's office. he is right on the pulse about technology and how to contribute to the quality of life and our city. one of the ideas i have, i get to start a task force with all of the mayors across the country. all of the other mayors for dissipate, -- participate,
hundreds. we get to advise the president and congress as to what our cities need. part of that, i ask them, how about i start a technology and innovation task force for all of the mayor's tax introduced companies like dropbox to other mayors across the country so they can take advantage of technology. they may not have the kind of creative environment that we have in san francisco. i know new york, boston, gainesville, florida is trying to get it. chicago, emanuel is trying to create a technology center. we have been successful already because we knew this would be our strength. we want to provide the platform for the mess -- the rest of the mayors across the country to gauge your expertise. if you have new products and services, we can apply them to the problems in inner cities
throughout the country. we would like to offer it as a venue for technology companies to exhibit what they're doing. last year, we did s.f. park. other mayors came out to me and asked how did parking their resolve with a technology application? it is a great thing. you use to run around trying to look for a parking space. now, before you get into your car, you know where you are going. if you want to find our the best parking is, where you are going, visit dropbox, phil's, you can find parking spaces available in real time. these are some of the advancements that we're doing. i am so glad to help you celebrate the opening of a great space, the improved and increased space that you have here. watch yourself grow.
you are about 100 today. hopefully, in a year or two, you will be 500, he will fill up the space, and you will negotiate up and down stairs. congratulations on the awards, the expansion, on having a successful company. i'm going to leave with the panda. [laughter] thank you very much. [applause] >> i think we are going to open it up for some questions. everybody is so shy in social media. go ahead.
>> the question was, the lottery system is very unpredictable. you cannot plan. it is all about lot -- luck. i am a strong candidate for neighborhood schools. i would like to work out a long- term change so that we can get strong neighborhood schools at all the different levels, every neighborhood. i do not know if you know this. i have been around for about 22 years. part of my job was being dpw director. i did that for five years. i got to know, pick up trash, see every neighborhood in san francisco. one of the things i felt strongly about in my administration was building strong communities. part of that is to have those schools so that you are not
cutting across town to get to the school of your choice. you have good abbott -- good academics there. we are working with the school board and getting the resources to do that and create more schools. in fact, we are working with some great philanthropists to create a great school in mission bay. there were some big grant writer is to try to get that done. is it thispbox? any questions you have about quality of life here, what we can do, the ideas we have shared? the question was, more about
bicycle planning and dedicated roadways for the city. i am a member of the bicycle coalition. they are talking with me all the time about how it is. right now, we have been focused on making sure that everybody is safe on the roads, pedestrians, car drivers, bicyclists. having said that, we are going to expand more of the lanes. we have a great chance of doing that. last year, the voters, with your help, passed a great bond they gave us $248 million to redo and resurface a lot of our bad streets. you will have a lot smoother lines to ride on. riding a bike, some of the worst thing is hitting all of these utility trenches and things that pop up. having said that, we are working with both the coalition and the transportation administration to figure out where all of the key
commute lanes are and to work with you. i would love you to send my staff your opinions about the best routes to get to work and get home from work. coming down here to the area, from all over parts of the city, would be a great way to do that. there is a lot of traffic coming down here. we have to figure out where the safest, most efficient routes would be to get over here. we are always very open to those routes as we create a central subway and some other modes of transportation. we are very open to that. i cannot tell you exactly which streets, but i think we are a few weeks from opening the new jfk route. we have a dedicated green line with in golden gate park and it will follow jfk. it is neat because we segregated the bike route from the car lang. if you live on that side of
town, in a few weeks, you will be very happy. yeah, as you know, the numbers that came out about the initial estimates to do a bike lane on our side of the bridge is something like $100 million. that is very frustrating because i would like to see other engineers design something that might be more palatable financially. i do not think we have figured it out yet. it is going to be pressure
building as we get to the opening of bay bridge. i would think, since we are talking about increasing ferries for the rebuild of treasure island and america's cup, i think the ports with love more ferry service. -- would love more ferry service. we could have treasure island get more dedicated ferry service. it would be great if we could do that. meanwhile, we will try to figure out if there could be something else that could be engineered on the existing bay bridge. >> thank you again for joining us, " mayor lee. very excited to celebrate this with you. [applause] is graham here?
we have a little something that we do to close these things out. >> 1, 2, 3, dropbox! >> i want to thank everyone for coming. i am the general manager of the recreation department. it is a pleasure to serve as the emcee today and i want to recognize our commission president. joining us all with our other dignitaries.
there are a lot of special people gathered around. for those of you who do not know, a little bit of background about this beautiful garden before i turn it over to our mayor. the garden is the oldest japanese american garden in the united states. it is a historical japanese- style garden, originally billed as a village for the 1894 midwinter international exposition. after the exposition, a japanese-american partner along with john mclaren converted the exhibition into a permanent park. he over saw the building as the teagarden and was the official caretaker from -- until 1925. he requested the people of japan 1000 flooring cherry trees
to be imported and other plants and birds and goldfish. his family lived in the garden until 1942. when under executive order 906, he was forced to relocate to an internment camp with thousands of other japanese american families. this barden was renamed the oriental tea garden and it fell into a state of disrepair. in the 1950's, we had moved forward and the rec and park renamed it the japanese tea garden. the first concessionaire was jack -- who many here had the incredible opportunity to honor. and we're very incredibly pleased to be planning --
planting a cherry tree from the consul general. the cherry blossom tree planting has become a tradition that allows us to reflect on the legacy of exchanges and importance of relations between the united states and japan. this is where families, a century old pract oice of picnicking underneath a tree. we hope many families for more generations will have the opportunity here in this beautiful garden. my great pleasure to turner with a microphone to our 43rd mayor of san francisco, celebrating diversity and cultural harmony and he has been focused on the economic revitalization of our community. jobs, jobs, jobs. this mayor does not brag about it but he is about parks, parks,
parks. it gives me great pleasure to introduce mayor ed lee. [applause] >> thank you. if i may think you and your leadership and the commission. this is a very special place. history but it is cultural and one of the most beautiful places you can ever be proud to visit and also be the honor of. i am proud at our rec and park staff and the public-prey relationships because that is the only way to keep these beautiful institutions going. we have to have that imagination to get people involved to fund and support it. you have some of the most beautiful things you can see and touch and feel. i am happy to be here and i also want to celebrate because this is a moment, the first time we
have been together here as well. at the garden. -- t garden -- tea garden. i want to welcome you here as well. and congratulate all of us for working so closely together and certainly our relationships are valuable. this is one of those reasons why not too many other consular general offices -- it is country to country and people to people. the council general and staff has offered yet another the supporting symbol of the relationship, the planting of
cherry blossom trees throughout our city. we had awe have been celebratine cherry blossom festival. they are very peaceful, a relationship that we keep in mind always and we have done so for over 100 years. since the cherry blossoms are arrived as a gift to washington d.c. while we have gone for many years of that relationship, it is a requirement to know the san francisco enjoys 55 years of that relationship, many members of the district-city community here today to enjoy that. a member of the chamber of commerce is here to enjoy that as well. we have this relationship with
you because we know san francisco's international status does not stop simply at having the offices here. we are out there working on everything from cultural exchanges, student exchanges, constant communication. more and more, examining opportunities to keep livelihood. both of our countries the more trade and communication to face the challenges that are facing us. it is my great pleasure to be here with you, counsel general, in the very beautiful garden we have here. also to know that it is in good hands with rec and park. at the same time, continue to bless it with our proclamation,
our celebration of the u.s.- japan centennial on this wonderful occasion. if i may, i present to you, counsel general, are proclamation at the u.s.-japan cherry blossom centennial here in san francisco. [applause] >> thank you, mr. mayor. we have a few more introductions to mate. our counsel general has had an experienced international career. i believe bangkok and london and seoul. no doubt san francisco is your favorite assignment. [laughter] it is not often the departments get to work so closely with the council general's office. they have done a great job planning this event with you and your staff.
they have had a lot of fun doing it. there is a great report between our offices and our staff. it has been delightful. >> thank you. i did not know that you were such a good mp. i am pleased to be here. at the tea garden. i want to thank mayor lee. as always, for your support. also, creating a park.
we are here for the planting. cherry trees are near and dear to the hearts of japanese people. japanese people curate cherry blossoms each year. there are festivals to stick together with family and friends. i am sure most of you have enjoyed the cherry blossom -- the cherry blossom festival the past weekends. we are planting one treat today here and two more. these trees symbolize, are part avail long legacy.
also obama these trees -- also, these trees, since 1912, we have donated them. planting these trees all over the united states. thank you again for coming. i hope this tree, the cherry tree, will further blossom in the years to come. 6 trees we have planted in the square. and nine trees in golden gate
park. still more in san francisco. more than 150 years of history of cultural exchange. this is really a great place. i cannot think of a more fitting location to plant a tree. thank you for coming and i hope you will enjoy it. [applause] >> one other short, special ceremony that i want to acknowledge. we're joined by our fire chief. we are joined by our director of public works. we are joined by our director of the department of the environment. human rights commissioners -- we are joined by the state department.
i do nothing we have ever met. we do -- i do not think we have ever met. our human rights commissioner is here. and our school board is here. john from our city administrator's office. also, john from the park's alliance, who has been a great story of this site. -- steward of this site. we have a number of staff. the chief gardners of this area have played a significant role.
and the supervisor is here. why don't you come up here and make a brief presentation? >> i do not want to take any more time, but in recognition of this dedication and your work, we will keep this mutual garden. i would like to present this commendation to the three of you. this is written in japanese. the council general's office extends its deepest respect for your achievements and contributing to mutual understanding. >> thank you. >> that is not what it says here. [laughter] >> thank you very much.
[applause] this is for you. thank you. [applause] >> if you are with me, i wanted to ask for the golden gate park crew is very tight. we have gardners assigned to the concourse area. in the last couple of months, we lost one of our beloved gardner's who loved this place, incredibly special. i would ask that we take a brief moment of silence for carter. thank you. ok. let's plant the tree, shall we? i will do the heavy lifting. [laughter]
>> turnaround and face up. i am sorry. >> good advice. >> 1, 2, 3. mr. mayor, mr. coughlin general, if you could -- mr. counsel general, if you could -- >> yay! [applause] >> i wanted to make sure that we recognize carol. thank you for your incredible stewardship of the gift shop and teahouse. thank you all for joining us. i encourage you to patrons are beautiful gift shop why you are
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